Caribbean Lap of Luxury
Gay Friendly Ani Villas, Anguilla
By Paul Rubio
to the intentional ostentation on neighboring St. Barths,
Distinguished and luxurious yet humble and simple, the two-villa estate exudes an intrinsic magnificence much like its island host. Perched over the cliffs of magical Little Bay, the two villas function as either mutually exclusive entities or a single, grand estate. Separated as the North and South Villas, the two similar 5-bedroom, 10,000 square-foot luxury homes commingle tropical elegance with Scandinavian design prowess, championing a sleek modernism that feeds off the island’s core elements. The fundamentals of earth, air, and water are evidenced by alternating walls of textured raw woods and exceptionally appointed hardwood furnishings, lofty floor to ceiling windows, glass balconies, and an open floor plan five stories tall, complemented by tranquil water gardens echoing the sounds of nearby crashing waves. The design draws attention to the azure serenity beyond the cliffs and the striking natural panoramas.
Within the villas, every last detail
honors the immaculate taste, sophistication, and worldly
sagacity of its jet setting developers, Ira and Bonnie Bloom.
For example, bedrooms are endowed with the one of the world’s
most high-end mattresses- Serta Enrapture Double Pillow Top
Mattresses. Furnishing concepts were envisaged on the couple’s
intrepid travels through
Indeed, the remarkable interiors are a strong opening act for the sumptuous exteriors. Engrossed in an amalgamation of desert, tropical and indigenous landscaping, the seductive infinity pools, expansive lounge areas, and raised hot tubs (positioned near the cliffs’ edge) channel sweet rapture, capturing the island’s beauty over vast panoramic vantage points. Come nightfall, polished tree stumps and dimly lit tiki torches welcome long nights of stargazing and contemplation.
Directly below the villas, accessible
by a short walking trail, the island’s top snorkeling spot teems
with marine life. Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy the
Villa’s private tennis court, mountain biking trails, clubs for
use at the neighboring Greg Norman-designed championship golf
course and kayaks for exploring Little Bay. And when privacy
becomes too confining and the house staff all too familiar, the
The two villas can be rented separately or together as an Estate, but require a five-night minimum in either case. Prior to arrival, Villas managers help create a bespoke itinerary for each guest and facilitate desired activities.